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“We Call It A Movement”: Couple Releases Photography Book To Elevate Beauty Standards For Black Kids
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“We Call It A Movement”: Couple Releases Photography Book To Elevate Beauty Standards For Black Kids Interview With Artist

Photography is not only about creating an image—in the right hands, it can become a tool for inspiration and especially in this case—empowerment. A husband and wife photography team uses art to redefine the beauty standards for black children and shatter any negative stereotypes of their representation in the media. Atlanta, Georgia-based couple Kahran and Regis Bethencourt are behind CreativeSoul Photography and they’re helping kids to come out of their shells and jump-start their confidence.

Bored Panda connected with this heartwarming couple so you can get to know them and check out their mesmerizing work below.

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Husband and wife photography team uses art to redefine the beauty standards for black children

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

The two artists obsessed with unique and visual storytelling have been in the industry for over 10 years. Recently, they started the AfroArt series to recognize and celebrate the versatile beauty of the African diaspora. Kahran and Regis’ main focus is regular everyday kids and their representation. “The purpose of this series is to illustrate the story of our royal past, celebrate the glory of the here and now, and even dare to forecast the future. With this series, we aim to empower children of color to embrace their natural curls and the skin that they’re in.”

The photographers’ intention is to empower children of color

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

“We definitively feel that we’ve created a movement in terms of creating an empowerment space for black kids around the world and a platform where we can display black excellence on a daily basis. We are enabling a generation of future leaders, scientists, entertainers, and more who will hopefully have a stronger sense of pride and self-love than many of us had growing up,” shared the CreativeSoul Photography duo.

Their work portrays black excellence and enables a sense of pride and self-love

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

Recently, they’ve released a book with over 100 breathtaking photographs and essays about the children. The images are not only there to be admired—it’s the stories of the kids from various backgrounds in their photos that add an extra dose of empowerment. They’ve had many revelations during the creative process, but what really stood out was how diverse the subjects were in terms of their stories. “There are youth activists, scientists, musicians, and more. We wanted kids to be able to read the book and see themselves represented in some way.”

Their models are usually down with whatever crazy idea the photographers have

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

The couple celebrates everything African culture as they convey it through their photos. They love photographing kids as it gives them unlimited creativity: “The sky is the limit with them and they’re usually down with all of our crazy ideas.” Kahran and Regis also hope that their book will open up conversations within black families, from domestic violence to kids not being accepted because of their skin tone.

The authors hope to ignite conversations within black families and celebrate African culture

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

They love photographing kids as it gives them unlimited creativity

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

CreativeSoul Photography have put together a photo book as part of their AfroArt series

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty is one of the Bethencourts’ major achievements. “We’re able to leave our legacy of photos and stories showcasing black culture in people’s homes around the world. It’s mind-blowing to think about families having our photos on display in their homes.”

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

Image credits: CreativeSoul Photography

Kahran and Regis met on an online graphic designer forum

Image credits: DFinney Photography

Kahran, who is 40, and her husband Regis, 43, started out in the marketing and design world, but fell in love with photography while dating long-distance. They met on an online graphic designer forum. “We would do photo dates to explore new locations and take photos of each other. When we moved to the Atlanta area, Regis decided to go to school for photography and I learned along with him. We started our business together while Regis was still in school,” recalled Kahran.

They would often go to photo dates to take pictures of each other

Image credits: Naomi Hopkins Photography

And perhaps that’s why they love spending time 24/7 and working together

Image credits: Auston Robinson Photography

They admitted that they’re one of those weird couples who love being together 24/7 and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Kahran and Regis think that their long-distance relationship had a lot to do with it. “We knew that we ultimately wanted to work together, but weren’t sure what it would be. Working together is not always easy, but we always stay professional with our clients, so it’s hard to stay mad at each other during a shoot.”

While they both work hard, Regis is usually the one who has a shut-off button and needs some time away from the photo world, and Kahran, on the other hand, dreams about ideas in her sleep.

You can have a sneaky peek into what their work looks like during the photo shoots in the video below

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

stunning. the outfits, the colors, the culture, absolutely amazing, and the creativity of the photographers is wonderful

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 year ago

I couldn't word it better. Amazing!

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

"Redefine beauty standards" usually means showing how normal people are beautiful too, not just models, without the need for makeup, photoshop, elaborate costumes and sets. This goes exactly the other way. These are perfect kids, perfect faces, perfect weight, perfect skin, perfect makeup, etc. They are absolutely stunning, no doubt, but his isn't 'empowering black beauty' in my book. This is 'empowering perfect people in perfect circumstances who happen to have dark skin'.

DDmaybeandor
Community Member
1 year ago

I hear exactly what you're saying, but I remember in my childhood lots and lots of books and movies depicting magical, romantic and fantastic scenes with golden haired white children. They were fairies, princesses, mystical beings and marketed to kids for the sake of fostering a deeper imagination. I never saw people of color represented or of they were it was a token black person here or there. There is a positive space for this. This need not right every wrong. But I hear what you're saying. Perhaps a follow up volume will address other issues.

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Aj Grimes (they/it)🦄
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1 year ago

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 These kids are so beautiful.

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

stunning. the outfits, the colors, the culture, absolutely amazing, and the creativity of the photographers is wonderful

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 year ago

I couldn't word it better. Amazing!

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

"Redefine beauty standards" usually means showing how normal people are beautiful too, not just models, without the need for makeup, photoshop, elaborate costumes and sets. This goes exactly the other way. These are perfect kids, perfect faces, perfect weight, perfect skin, perfect makeup, etc. They are absolutely stunning, no doubt, but his isn't 'empowering black beauty' in my book. This is 'empowering perfect people in perfect circumstances who happen to have dark skin'.

DDmaybeandor
Community Member
1 year ago

I hear exactly what you're saying, but I remember in my childhood lots and lots of books and movies depicting magical, romantic and fantastic scenes with golden haired white children. They were fairies, princesses, mystical beings and marketed to kids for the sake of fostering a deeper imagination. I never saw people of color represented or of they were it was a token black person here or there. There is a positive space for this. This need not right every wrong. But I hear what you're saying. Perhaps a follow up volume will address other issues.

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Aj Grimes (they/it)🦄
Community Member
1 year ago

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 These kids are so beautiful.

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